Coastal Verbena

Glandularia Maritima

  • Common Name:  Coastal Verbena, also Beach Verbena, Verbena maritima
  • Scientific Name:  Glandularia Maritima
  • Family Name:  Verbenaceae
  • Origin:  Native to Florida
  • Height: ½ to 1 ft
  • Width:  3’ to 5’
  • Growth:  Moderate
  • Zone:  10 - 11
  • Light Needs:  Full sun
  • Salt Tolerance:  Moderate
  • Soil/PH/Texture:  Fine texture. Acidic, alkaline, sandy or limestone soils without humus
  • Soil Moisture: Moist, well-drained
  • Drought Tolerance: High
  • Pests/Diseases: None
  • Growing Conditions: ground cover; mass planting; naturalizing; container or above-ground planter
  • Characteristics: a great perennial dune stabilizer. It adds color to the ground year-round. Purple or lavender flowers borne in clusters at the top of this 12-inch-tall ground cover stand out against the fine-textured foliage. Stems creep along the ground and root to bind the sand together. Sand builds up around the stems and foliage, helping prevent wind from blowing it back from the beach.
  • Propagation:  Plants from nurseries, it spreads once it is established.
  • Wildlife:  Butterflies
  • Facts:  Beach verbena is a Florida native, it’s not found any place else on the planet. Florida legally classifies it as endangered. Besides beach dunes, beach verbena grows in pine rock lands and in moderately wet flatwoods. Fortunately, it is cultivated for use in landscapes as a ground cover and as a butterfly plant. It's a tough plant; has to be to survive in a tough environment.
  • Designer Considerations:  It's easily grown in containers, and a verbena hanging basket filled with trailing varieties creates a spectacular visual accent on the patio or indoors. Used as ground cover.  

Coastal Verbena


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